Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Season of Tears and Fears

I just came back from fetching my grand daughter Grace from kindergarten. It wasn't her first exposure. Last year, at the tender age of 3 years and 4 months she was inducted into a nearby kindy and after 3 months opted out because she found the environment insecure to what she enjoyed at home. She cried and was afraid but complied nonetheless. I could see that she was happy to see the session end and look forward to be home. This year her parents enrolled her in another kindy. She was put in the 5 year old class so she shouldn't be as teary or fearful as it was a year ago. Being the person she is, adapting to any new environment takes more encouragement than other kids (I believe her brother Andrew will pass with flying colour) so this morning she displayed a little of her old self. The reluctance to move from the past is evident but her courage and maturity helped the overcoming process. I saw that coming when we fetched her awhile ago. Dressed in her green kindy uniform she walked past me even as I was scanning the exit door for her. And she didn't cry nor show any anxiety. It was good and I know given a few more days she will look forward to meeting her new friends and teachers.

At the national level, although we don't hear of families crying under the current economic weather when many struggle to balance rising costs with stagnating income, we know many are afraid if they will be overwhelmed. It is indeed a season of fear in the new year. Many asked, do you think 2012 will be better? A lot of people I asked weren't sure. The outcome of the general election to be called soon may create new problems, including threats of public disorder. Even the verdict of Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy II case next Monday will create some impact. Then there is the caution of how the Eurozone financial crisis will be contained, if it can be. Most likely we will affected negatively. Hence the fear that we are heading into turbulence.

How do you manage uncertainties? I take the advice of how you manage hydro-planing to be applied in our home and national lives. Don't brake! Hold the steering wheel tight. Release the accelerator and gentle tap the brake pedal to ease the car into control again. Do not fear.

In the season of uncertainty, do not fear. Don't over-react but keep your routine steady. Reduce your spending, avoiding what is unnecessary and gradually pull your financial management back to control. Don't speed (overspend) but maintain what you are capable of (live according to your means, skills and capabilities) and you will be shielded from clouds of rainy days.

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